Women’s ski team wins NCAA Central Region championship

Women’s ski team wins NCAA Central Region championship
February 27, 2013 Kurtis

By Kurtis Gosney, Extreme Alaska

February 27, 2013

Nanook skiers embrace each other after winning the NCAA Regional championships. Photo by Bert Boyer

Nanook skiers embrace each other after winning the NCAA Regional championships. Photo by Bert Boyer

The Alaska women’s ski team took first place in the NCAA Central Region championships this past weekend. The races took place in Houghton, Michigan on Saturday and Sunday at the Nordic trails of Michigan Tech University.

The Nanooks competed in the five-kilometer classic event on Saturday morning, where sophomore Alyson McPhetres took first and senior Theresia Schnurr took second for UAF, according to the Alaska Nanooks website. Jordyn Ross of Northern Michigan came in third.

Other Nanooks in the race were senior Crystal Pitney who finished in 7th place, junior Heather Edic who came in 12th, junior Raphaela Sieber in 13th, and senior Rebecca Konieczny in 34th. Thanks to three top-seven finishes, Alaska was in first place in the Central Region standings going into Sunday’s race.

On Sunday, UAF competed in a 10-kilometer race where McPhetres took first place over Rosie Frankowski and Jordyn Ross of Northern Michigan. Other Nanook stand-outs were seniors Crystal Pitney Konieczny who finished in 4th and 6th place respectively.

Other UAF competitors were Sieber who finished in 16th place, Edic who immediately followed her teammate to finish in 17th place, and Schnurr who finished 20th.

Skiers get well-deserved rest after a full day of NCAA championship racing. Photo by Bert Boyer

Skiers get well-deserved rest after a full day of NCAA championship racing. Photo by Bert Boyer

Because of the three top-six finishes, the Nanooks were able to capture the Central Region championship. The Wildcats of Northern Michigan took second place while host

university, Michigan Tech, took third place.

“It was an exciting weekend,” said head coach Scott Jerome after the race. “Our women really performed well this weekend on both days.” He went on to say that he was “really proud of the team and how they performed.”

The team is waiting to hear from the NCAA to find out who will qualify for the national championships, which will be held March 6-9 in Middlebury, Vermont. The NCAA will announce the qualifiers on Tuesday.

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